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"The vehicle explodes, literally explodes, off the pad. The simulator shakes you a little bit, but the actual liftoff shakes your entire body and soul."- Mike McCulley

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Atlantis lifts off, the 66th space shuttle flight. Payload includes the Atmospheric Laboratory for Application and Science (ATLAS-3) and the German constructed Cryogenic Infrared Spectrometers and Telescopes for the Atmosphere Shuttle Pallet Satellite (CRISTA-SPAS).

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This is the pic of a space shuttle leaving our atmosphere taken from space by NASA. Amazing isn't it. And how nano are we in the cosmic scale.

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Space Shuttle and Launch Platform Model Display by Simon Atkinson Creative Arts www.satkinsoncreativearts.com

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from NASA

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NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind.

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